13 days in Texas Itinerary

13 days in Texas Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get your game on at The Escape Game Houston. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, thentake a stroll through The Strand, and then wander the streets of East End Historic District.

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Chicago to Houston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Houston hover around 95°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Galveston, Kemah Boardwalk, Pine Gully Park
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., thenlook for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the South Padre Island attractions app.

Fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Houston, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center ©

2
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then kick back and relax at Padre Island National Seashore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, thenkick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Corpus Christi, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, and then take a stroll through Southtown. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, thentake in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, thenget to know the fascinating history of La Villita Historic Arts Village, and finally take in the history at Mission San Jose.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

2
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, thenbrush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, and then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, thendo a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards, thendo a tasting at Signor Vineyards, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg trip maker app.

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in August; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 93°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get in touch with nature at Barton Springs Pool and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 6th Street and LBJ Presidential Library. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, explore the world behind art at Mexic-Arte Museum, take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, and stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary website.

Drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Austin are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
LBJ Presidential Library ©
LBJ Presidential Library

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